Ellingson committed to training explorers for 30 years
The founder of Explorer Scout Post 007, Rick Ellingson, was speechless when honored by current TASAR Post 007 Explorers following competition in Chandler, Ariz., last month.
Ellingson, a part-time officer with Janesville and Blooming Prairie police departments, was recognized for his 30 years of involvement with Explorer Scouts. He joined the BP department in 2004.
A plaque was given to Ellingson to pay tribute to his 30 years of dedication to training youth in the Emergency Services field. Cake and ice cream were also served at a celebratory party.
Ellingson organized the Explorer troop in 1988 when he was working for Gold Cross Ambulance.
“I was very shocked when they gave me this honor and forgot that it was that many years,” Ellingson said.
The 007 Post is called TASAR (Tactical Assault Search and Rescue). It is sponsored by Ellingson Tactical Safety of Medford.
Ellingson continues to be a Gold Cross paramedic and is a Medford firefighter.
The Explorer post started as a First Aid unit and later added law enforcement, high and low level rescue and SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics).
Ellingson thanks the late Al Bras of the Duluth Gold Cross for being his mentor during the early days of the Explorer Scouts.
“It’s very satisfying to see young people use the Explorer Scouts as an advancement to go on with their career, whether it be in law enforcement, First Response or the military,” Ellingson said.
He said working with the Explorers also gives him a chance to practice his skills. “I try to show them as much as I can in the short time I have,” he explained.
Just last April, Ellingson was sidelined for months after falling 22 feet from a shed. He was in a body cast for most of the summer but kept contact with the Explorers.
Ellingson is also firearms officer for the BP Police Department. “He is a huge asset for the community and he has helped shaped me into the officer I am today,” Peach remarked.
“Rick was truly humbled by the recognition,” Peach said.
Added BP police chief Greg Skillestad, “He has a wealth of knowledge which is shared with others through his training skills. The Explorer post gives young people the opportunity to be part of being a First Responder.”
Ellingson said the Explorers would still like to make a trip to the Everglades and to Alaska. The Alaska trip was put on hold last year because of Ellingson’s injuries.